Thursday, 28 November 2013

Basic Nail Care

I realised it's been way too long since I put a video up, so here's one I filmed a couple of weeks ago! It's my basic nail care routine. I'm sure it's not perfect but it does me just fine -simple, quick and painless!

Here's where you can buy some of the stuff I used - I had to choose similar things as unfortunately a lot of my nail care stuff I bought from fairs or in my town.

Hope it's helpful! Having well-presented, healthy nails makes your nail art look twice as good!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Nailed it NZ Meets Celebrity Nail Stylist Leah Light!

Some of you may know that I have many wild and crazy dreams regarding my nail hobby. Most of them involve spending the rest of my life doing what I love - and preferably getting paid for it. A year ago I heard of the term "Celebrity Nail Artist." These people are nail stylists who are known for painting celebrities nails and/or who are celebrities themselves for their fabulous work. I quietly added this ambition to my long list of "things I want to be when I grow up" (yes I'm 23, shh) and left it alone, assuming I couldn't get to that level unless I moved to America. But then a few months ago, I heard of Leah Light. She's a nail stylist from Auckland and does all the local and international celebrities nails (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rachel Hunter) when they're here - and she's a bit of one herself! I was suddenly set on meeting this woman. Considering I'm training in 2014, I wanted to get the best start possible, and she sounded like the perfect mentor! It was time to start entering competitions; I'm dirt poor and couldn't afford the plane ticket up there, let alone getting my nails done by her - so it had to be something I won. If you follow my blog, you'll probably know that I've had an amazingly high hit rate with competitions this year. I don't even enter that many, promise! Both the Marmite one and The Social Games I just saw advertised on Facebook or something; this one was the first time I had actively sought out a competition!

I found a comp run by NewsTalk ZB and ASB Bank called "Sowing the seeds of Success." It was all about helping kiwis succeed, and I essentially got to choose the prize I wanted. I wanted to meet Leah Light! I excitedly entered, told my story... and promptly forgot about it. It's kind of what I do, so I don't feel let down when I don't win. However, it made for a very awkward conversation when a radio host rung me up at 7.50am and a) I didn't know who the heck he was and b) I wasn't sure what I had entered, let alone won. Honestly the most hilariously terrible conversation ever. This guy (Mike Hosking) was like "I'm Mike Hosking... Mike Hosking... Mike Hosking" and I'm just completely lost. I twigged on that I was on the radio after a while and then got excited when I heard Leah's name, but boy it was bad, but in a funny way. I meant to ban it to the depths of the internet, but because I fail at life I managed to post it to my personal facebook wall, which promptly got shared amongst friends and fellow nail addicts. Sigh. Anyway, all that really mattered is that I won! I was going to meet Leah Light!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

10,000 FB Followers Nail Giveaway ♥ SIXTEEN WINNERS!

It's finally here! Today I woke up to an incredible 10,010 Facebook Fans - thank you so much for all your support over the last 18 months! I decided I needed to do something extra special to say thank you, so here it is...
 I've been planning this giveaway for a long time and I must say that it's easily my best one yet. In fact, it's better than all my past ones combined! TEN sponsors, SIXTEEN winners & countless nail polishes, jewelley and supplies up for grabs. Before I continue, though, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has sponsored this giveaway. I had such a fantastic response - there's at least $500 NZ worth of nail-related goodies here. There are such generous people in the nail community! While you're scrolling through the prizes, racing to enter, please stop check out each of the sponsor's Facebook pages, which will be linked below each picture. These are the people that made this giveaway happen ☺.

A couple of things to be aware of - please read!
There are TWO giveaways on this page - one for everyone (international) and one for New Zealanders only. You can enter these giveaways through the Rafflecopter widgets - and since there are two giveaways there are two widgets. After the first 12 pictures of prizes there is the first one, where anyone can enter. At the very bottom of the post (after the last four prize pictures) there is the second, New Zealand-only one. If you're not in New Zealand please don't enter through that one, but go ahead and enter the first! New Zealanders can enter both giveaways. Sorry if it sounds confusing, but it's quite important!

More details on how to enter will be further down, but now it's time to introduce the prizes! Feel free to share these pictures, the link and the excitement anywhere you want!

Literary Lacquers - Community Collection (10 nail polishes)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Audrey Hepburn Nail Art

Today I have some Audrey Hepburn nail art to show you! First things first though; I can't take any credit for how cool the pictures of Audrey are. They're water decals that I'm reviewing from KKCenterHk, which you can buy here. Aren't they amazing?!

I painted the border on the nails with the decals on them, then sponged on a couple of shades of grey (not 50) on the other nails and added the words. I had three Audrey Hepburn quotes to choose out of; here they are:
1) Paris is always a good idea.
2) Happy girls are the prettiest.
3) The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.
I asked for help choosing on Facebook, and the clear winner was number two!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

How To Paint Your Nails With Your Non-Dominant Hand

This post is just letting you know that I have a new video up on YouTube! Here's the beautiful design that I did for it...

Just kidding. It's clearly not a normal tutorial; it's one on how to paint your nails with your non-dominant hand! In my case, how to paint your right hand with your left. This was something I had a lot of trouble with when I first started nail art, so I made this little tutorial to help out nail art beginners. It shows how to position your hands to make it easier, as well as some other tips I've picked up along the way.

Here it is, and if you're not already, please subscribe :).

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hunger Hearts - Effie Trinket Nail Art!

I got this cute little container of hearts to play around with from KKCenterHk, and ended up with the most extreme, colourful and over-the-top nail art ever! They looked like something you'd find in the Capitol (from The Hunger Games) and in particular, on Effie Trinket's nails.

While I identify with Katniss more, I still LOVE these nails! They stayed on really well too; I decided to change my nails four days later and they were still perfect - not even any tip wear.
I'll have a tutorial for these coming soon on YouTube - it's second on my to-do list.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Update: If you want your design put into my Facebook album for this, tag me on Instagram @naileditnz (preferably tag me IN the photo in case I miss it in my news feed). Alternatively, post it to my facebook wall or put your link at the link-up at the bottom of each post. See all of my posts here!

I love nail art challenges! Last year Anjali (From L&P To English Tea), Hannah (AGirlWithSomeClothes) and I made the 31 day nail art challenge (Take Two) for the month of December. One design a day! While I did come up with HEAPS of cool designs that month, it was also a wee bit stressful trying to do one each day. So this year, we decided to make a new one.
Introducing the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge!

We thought carefully about the different days and the order, and think this will make for a really good challenge, with plenty of variety! We tried to make it in somewhat chronological order, and made sure that on the 27th (when you're probably too busy clearing up/getting home to do something intricate) we had a simple challenge that can be interpreted however you like.
Just in case anyone can't see the picture (and for SEO purposes, of course!) here's the list in non-image form:

Thursday, 14 November 2013

How To Paint Your Nails Professionally

This video was surprisingly quick to edit! Half an hour, tops! And I think it'll be really helpful to those who want to clean up their nail painting job. I remember when I first watched a video on how to do this and it just opened my eyes so much. That was the point where my nail art dramatically changed quality. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find that video since, and all the others I've seen are quite long and drawn-out so I felt there was a need for a short, to-the-point one. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cheap Nail Polish Review - Jordana, Kleancolor, Mode, Sinful Colors & Many More.

I made a heap of videos in the weekend, unfortunately making them is the fun part and editing takes forever. I finally managed to get one edited and it's uploading as I write this. It's a review of all the cheap nail polish brands I own - lacquer under the $7 mark (that's cheap in New Zealand).

I'll give a full list of the nail polish brands I reviewed here, in the order they appear on the video:

LA Colors
LA Girl
LA Colors Art Deco
Jordana Pop Art
Charm Max & M Eizilan
Sinful Colors

Watch my review and see what rating I gave each brand out of ten in my video, here. Please subscribe if you're not already! I've got these videos coming soon:
- How to paint your nails professionally
- How to do nail art using your non-dominant hand
- Basic nail care
- Beach nail art tutorial

P.S: This video felt so much weirder to edit than usual. Normally I just do an intro - "Hi I'm Jessie from Nailed it NZ blah blah blah... look see nails... tutorial now." It's weird spending the whole time in front of the camera. 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Peacock Pie Review - Butterfly Nail Polish Ring!

There are a lot of creative people in New Zealand, and I'm pretty sure most of them are in a Facebook group I belong to. It's full of kiwis who love nail polish and everything to do with it. Several have started their own businesses related to their obsession, and one of these people is Serra from Peacock Pie!

Not only is Serra a lovely person, but she makes the most beautiful jewellery. Here's a gorgeous ring she gave me to review for her. I got to request the design and colours myself, as anyone can :).

Isn't it cute? I'm excited to wear it to work so the kids I look after can admire it. Nail polish jewelley is so unique - with so many polishes and designs to chose from you can never run out of ideas.

The ring has a diameter of 2cm and sits about a centimeter above your finger at the highest point (it's dome shaped).

Here's a screenshot of Peacock Pie's etsy shop, which you can click here to visit! She has really good prices - only $9 NZ for this beautifully hand-crafted and personally designed ring. She also sells pendants that you could make into necklaces.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Four Nail Designs - The Great Gatsby, Hello Kitty (times two!) & Super Girly Nails.

I do my friend's nails every now and again, but always feel a bit at a loss as to when or how to publish them - together or separately? Today I realised I had a bunch of designs sitting in folders that had been there for months just waiting for me to do something. They were always back-ups, in case I randomly didn't want to paint my nails for a few weeks but still needed something to post. However, in the last 18 months this has not happened once (no surprises there) so I figured I might as well just post these nail designs in bulk. They're pretty cool ones too - my friends have some good ideas!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Winner of my KKCenterHk Giveaway!


I'll keep this short and sweet - congratulations to Selena, you've won my KKCenterHk giveaway!
$60 worth of nail art supplies will be sent to you as soon as I get your address. I'll give the winner a week before I re-draw, but I'm sure she'll reply to my email in time!

To everyone else - don't worry, I've got another MASSIVE giveaway with heaps of winners coming soon. It starts when I reach 10,000 likes on Facebook. I'm close to 9,800 now so go get your friends to add my page to help the giveaway come sooner ;).

Update: The last winner didn't reply within seven days so I had to pick a new one! Hopefully Iris checks her email more often! :)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Catching Fire Nail Art, Quotes & Tutorial

I'm a Hunger Games fan. Not a "oh yeah, the movie was pretty cool" kind of fan, but the type who has read all the books three times, watched the movie five times, read the companion guide, has a mockingjay necklace and has painted her nails with Hunger Games designs three times (here, here, here). Oh wait, make that four counting today's nails. I could write an essay about the deeper meaning of the Hunger Games - war, mental illness, drug dependency, inequality and so much more. If I was single my entire room would most likely be decked out in Hunger Games apparel. So, I clearly didn't do these nails to follow current trends (not that there's anything wrong with that); The Hunger Games series is basically part of who I am. I have laughed and cried along with that series - I'm an avid reader and no book has ever left such a lasting mark on me. Plus Jennifer Lawrence seems like the funniest, most "normal" actress in the world!

Catching Fire comes out in a few weeks and of course, I cannot WAIT! I decided to do some more Hunger Games nails to go with the new movie. I had a very specific design in mind, and wasn't sure if I could pull it off. Last time I tried painting the mockingjay symbol on my nails it wasn't that great, plus I had never dry marbled before today and needed to look up tutorials to figure it out. I ended up watching one by midniteblue716, here, which was really good!
Here's the final result...

Gotta say, I'm in love. For once, the right hand turned out better than the left, too! So strange when that happens. I'll show you proper photos of that soon, but first, here's the tutorial. Please subscribe to keep up-to-date with my videos!